It's a good month for fans of indie pop, as bands such as the Brunettes, Caribou and the Lodger come to town. Also check out minor jazz icon Kidd Jordan, Israeli punks Monotonix and 15 more, after the jump.
"To the Dogs or Whoever" -- Josh Ritter, (Oct. 9, 9:30 Club)
The Idaho singer-songwriter who has received plenty of Dylan comparisons opens his latest album with this wordy, jubilant song that may be his own "Subterranean Homesick Blues."
"Living Peace" (RealAudio stream) -- Kidd Jordan (Oct. 11, Twins Jazz)
The experimental jazz trailblazer keeps things struts his stuff on this cut from a recent collaboration with drummer Hamid Drake and bassist William Parker.
"Elephantitis" -- The Beanstalk Library (Oct. 12, Rock and Roll Hotel)
Bright guitars, a catchy descending organ riff, pretty vocal harmonies and plenty of big hooks -- the local group does everything right on this power pop gem.
"Lost to the Lonesome" -- Pela (Oct. 13, Sixth & I Historic Synagogue)
Why is everyone backlashing on Clap Your Hands Say Yeah but loving these Brooklyners instead? Well, if you like the sound of CYHSY but need something that has more current blog-approval, Pela is right up your alley.
"Constant State" -- The Alphabetical Order (Oct. 14, Black Cat)
Sometimes bands describe themselves best, and the local quartet's "D.C. rock with big mid-'90s guitars" label is as accurate as it gets.
"Car Radio" -- Spoon (Oct. 22, Merriweather Post Pavilion)
Yes, "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga" is one of the year's best albums. But before Britt Daniel and Co. wrote pure pop for now people, they were one of the best agitated, spiky-guitar rock bands around, as evidenced by this tune from their overlooked 1997 classic, "A Series of Sneaks."
"From a Motel 6" -- Yo La Tengo (Oct. 23, Birchmere)
Indie rock veterans are officially elder statesmen as they make the move from 9:30 to the Birchmere. Here's a subdued live version of a mid-'90s favorite.
"Zombies" -- The King Khan and BBQ Show (Oct. 27, The Red & the Black)
If you're listening in an office, turn the volume down or plug in some headphones -- it's pretty NSFW, particularly the first two seconds. This is stripped-down garage rock at its finest.
"My Advice Is on Loan" -- The Lodger (Oct. 28, Velvet Lounge)
U.K. band plays chiming, sweet indie pop that would have been perfect for Slumberland Records. Hey, what do you know? Slumberland is back and just released the Lodger's debut!
"The Psychic" -- Double Dagger (Oct. 30, Velvet Lounge)
Yeah, this Baltimore trio was featured back in August, but I don't care. My column, my favorite band of 2007, so they're back for a return engagement with this intense post-punk battle cry.
"New Religion" -- Alice Smith (Oct. 30, Iota)
Smith is one of those lucky singers blessed with a voice that's intoxicating enough that it doesn't really matter what she's singing, as long as she's singing at all.
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